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Answers to Common Questions about Nonprofits and the 2020 Election

Last updated: October 1, 2020

David Heinen, Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy

Wondering what types of election-related activities your nonprofit can and can’t do between now and the November 3 election? You’re not alone; the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits has been fielding many questions about what’s legal and what’s advisable. Here’s a quick take on some of the most common questions we’re hearing.

Problematic DOL Guidance on Nonprofit Unemployment . . . and How to Fix It

Last updated: April 28, 2020

David Heinen, Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy

Last night, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued guidance (Unemployment Insurance Program Letter No. 18-20) on how states can implement a new federal law (Section 2103 of the CARES Act) intended to help minimize nonprofits’ liability for unemployment insurance (UI) claims related to COVID-19. The DOL guidance cuts against the intent of this CARES Act provision by:

Everything you wanted to know about nonprofits and elections...but were afraid to ask

David Heinen, Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy, North Carolina Center for Nonprofits

As yard signs are beginning to show up in lawns across North Carolina in preparation for the March 3 primary election, the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits has been fielding many questions about the types of election-related activities nonprofits can and can’t do. To save you the trouble of a phone call or email, we’re sharing some thoughts (and even a few answers!) on some of the most common questions we’re hearing.